Art Rules

I can remember in art school I would get so frustrated when I was really excited and proud of a project, then I would receive the notes and grade. I would get notes explaining certain art “rules” that I broke but somewhere in those notes would be positive responses about the overall piece. I understand there must be basic guidelines and rules to help mold a young artist. But, sometimes rules can be broken to create something amazing.
The way I see it you must learn all of the rules and master them before you can push the boundaries to create something new and exciting.
Let’s look at Picasso for an example. He was an artist that spent years mastering the art of realism. He was able to create amazing realistic drawings and paintings at a really young age. What I believe is that when you are able to master the art rules and learn the elements and principles of art then you can veer from that and begin to create original works of art.
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To the left is an example of Picaso’s early work “The Barefoot Girl” a work that he created in his studies of figure drawing and below it is a later painting “Les Demoiselles d’Avignon“. This shows how he could master the art of figure drawing and from there start creating a completely new form of art that has been studied for decades.
There are guidelines to art that helps us understand what a good composition can be. Learn these rules and guidelines and let them do their job and guide you. Don’t let them keep you in a box limited from creating something beautiful.
If you are currently in art or design school hang in there. Learn all the elements and principles of design and they will help make you a more well rounded artist. When you graduate you will have a good basis to stand on to create something from within.
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